72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development

The seventy-second session of the Commission will be held from 15 to 19 May 2016 (Sunday to Thursday) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The session will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment, which will be held from 15 May to the afternoon of 17 May; and the ministerial segment from the afternoon of 17 May to 19 May. The Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries will be held on 16 May.

A number of high-level and side events will also be held during the session. Additional information on these events and other relevant information will be uploaded to this website in due course, please monitor this website for updates.

Theme Study

Business as usual is not an option if the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are to be met. The scale and depth of the goals require a radically different and disruptive approach—the essence of innovation—along with significant scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements. Science, technology and innovation (STI) have the potential to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of our efforts to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda and create benefits for society, the economy and the environment.